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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 6, 2018

Lions get lauded for screening

News
Press Release

Local Lions Club volunteers spent a second-consecutive year conducting eye screenings of students in Rainy River District School Board schools.

'Art Week' returning

News
Press Release

“Summer Art Week" returns to the Backus Community Centre in International Falls this month and will feature a Prairie Fire Children's Theatre performance of "Pinocchio.”

“Summer Art Week,” which runs June 18-23, allows children aged five-16 to explore their creative sides through a variety of classes.

Learning to live better with chronic disease

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The Fort Frances Family Health Team and the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association have partnered for a six-week program focused on helping those who live with a chronic disease to live well.

The free weekly workshops began May 22 and run until June 26.

Advance polls busier than last election

News
Duane Hicks

Advanced voting last week showed the electorate in Kenora-Rainy River has been eager to have its say in the provincial election prior to election day tomorrow (June 7).

“We had a really good turnout. I'd say we had the best turnout we've had,” local returning officer Ian Simpson told the Times on Monday afternoon.

New taphouse now open at Copper River Inn

News
Sam Odrowski

District residents now can enjoy craft brewery flavour without driving to Kenora or Thunder Bay thanks to the recent opening of the Copper River Inn's Taphouse and Grill here.

The recent addition has equipped its new taproom with 25 different taps featuring 24 beers and one cider.

Just under half the taps come from craft breweries in Kenora, Thunder Bay, and the U.S. 

Ex-local running for chief

News
Press Release

Former Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation chief Gary Allen, currently executive director of Grand Council Treaty #3, has announced his intention to run for AFN Regional Chief for Ontario.

Now a resident of Kenora, Allen is well-known in Grand Council Treaty #3.

R&B singer to open barn concert series

News
Press Release

Cornell Farms in La Vallee is pleased to have Mark Reeves opening its 2018 barn concert series this Monday (June 11) beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Anyone who loves R&B immediately will be inspired by Reeves' infectious, dance-all-night groove thang. But there are profoundly beautiful moments here and unpretentious lyrical wisdom that makes you sit back while you catch your breath.

Rainycrest making progress

News
Press Release

On May 28, Riverside Health Care received a report from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Inspections Branch after a recent re-inspection of Rainycrest in Fort Frances.

There were significant improvements, with five orders being lifted, though we still have some additional opportunities for improvement.

Metke closeup

News
Duane Hicks

Evelyn Metke told the audience at the town appreci-ation dinner last Thursday evening how honoured she is to be “Citizen of the Year 2017.”

Metke among volunteers saluted at town dinner

News
Duane Hicks

A 94-year-old lifelong volunteer was among the those honoured last Thursday evening during the Town of Fort Frances' annual appreciation dinner at the arena auditorium.

2017 “Citizen of the Year" Evelyn Metke, first announced back in November, said she's "overwhelmed” with being honoured as such by the community.

New PSW program being launched

District
Press Release

Riverside Health Care is pleased to announce our new partnership with the Rainy River District campus of Confederation College.

Together we have launched an inventive curriculum model for the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program starting this fall.

Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung centre open for summer

District
Sam Odrowski

The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre (Manitou Mounds) recently welcomed a handful of people on guided and self-guided tours of the historic lands during its seasonal opening.

This hidden gem, located along the Rainy River between Barwick and Stratton, is home to the largest burial mound in Canada.

Bass tourney calls for volunteers

District
Sam Odrowski

Are you a good catch? Well, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship currently is fishing for volunteers both young and old.

Individuals age 13 and older can volunteer and help contribute to another successful year for the district's biggest fishing tournament.

The FFCBC requires 200 volunteers to make sure things run smoothly year in and year out.

Call out for more iPods

District
Press Release

The local Alzheimer Society's “Music Project” is all about bringing joy into the lives of people living with Alzheimer disease or other forms of dementia.

The approach is simple. The project reconnects people with the “sound track of their life” using iPods.

The program is available at no cost to approved families.

DYS gym section to be renovated this summer

District
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

After completion of the new classroom wing at Donald Young School in Emo late last year, renovations to the gymnasium section are to begin once classes break for summer.

The school's classroom wing, first built in 1955, was deemed “prohibitive to repair” back in 2003. A new section rebuild began in mid-2016 and completed late last year.

'Bike 2 Banff' trek makes a stop here

District
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Even with the progress made when it comes to mental health, there still is a stigma that surrounds it and many people may find the topic uncomfortable to talk about.

Youth council completes project

District
Press Release

The 2017-18 Thunder Bay-Rainy River Constituency Youth Council has completed its main project for its term.

The project is called “Eco Eats” as this year's chosen theme for the project was environmentally-centered.

The goal of “Eco Eats” is to get the community involved and educated about how local restaurants can be environmentally sustainable.

Outage planned

District
Staff

More than 1,060 district Hydro One customers will be affected by a scheduled power outage this Sunday (June 10), in addition to all Fort Frances Power Corp. customers in the Town of Fort Frances.

First concert at Cornell Farms slated

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The first barn concert of the season at Cornell Farms will be R&B singer Mark Reeves on Monday, June 11 beginning at 7:30 p.m.  

District in mourning over recent passings

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The rural areas of the district are feeling sadness over the recent “passings of county folks.”

Norbert Bragg, a well-known person throughout the entire Rainy River District, passed away Sunday after a short battle with cancer.

Driving bus for years, Norbert was a very active and social person who was interested in community, politics, and horses.

Dragon boat festival to have a twist

Sports
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival will hit the water here on Saturday, June 30—but with a twist this year.

Unlike previous years, the boats will be launched from both Fort Frances and International Falls.

Each side also will stage their own festival, with the money raised to go to charities in their respective communities.

Local bowler falls short at national Open

Sports
Staff

Fort Frances resident Jeff Watts fell short in his bid to win a medal at the Canadian Open championships held last week in Gatineau, Que.

Lakers losing captain

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers have announced that captain Julian Uhryniuk has committed to play for the Trinity Western University Spartans next season.

The Langley, B.C.-based program is coming off a BCIHL championship this past year.

Local runner in Lakehead

Sports
Staff

Local runner Priscilla Miller aced her age division at the annual June Classic 5K in Thunder Bay over the weekend.

Of the 43 female racers, Miller finished second overall, clocking in at 19:33:60 in the chip-timed event.

Miller averaged 6:18 per mile while passing most of the men who also were competing.

Muskies out to continue success at OFSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The better part of the Muskie track-and-field team is young with not much experience, but they've proven their skill time and time again this season.

But perhaps their most impressive accomplishment came last week at the NWOSSAA championships in Thunder Bay, where the junior athletes claimed their first-ever trophy.

Muskie boys hungry for OFSAA win

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The NorWOSSA boys' soccer landscape has been painted black-and-gold for the better part of the last decade.

A 2-0 win over the visiting Kenora Broncos last Wednesday afternoon gave the Muskies their eighth-straight league title and yet another trip to the all-Ontarios that kick off tomorrow and run through Saturday in Windsor.

Lost man found safe

Sports
From the OPP

On June 3 around 11:20 a.m., officers from the Thunder Bay OPP responded to a report of a missing male.

The male had ventured out on a Sea-Doo personal watercraft on Dog Lake and had not returned.

Alzheimer calendar winners

Sports
Staff

Laurie Nuttall and Bonnie Hughes of Fort Frances were among the $40 winners in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for June.

Other district winners included Ronald Ogier (Devlin) and Chris and Pam Edwards (Nestor Falls).

Tigers stay unbeaten

Sports
Staff

The Dawson Tigers ran their record to 4-0 following a 20-5 thrashing of the Manitou Thunderbirds in Rainy River District Men's Fastball League action Thursday night.

Carl Big George Jr. earned the pitching win while Charlie Debungee was saddled with the loss.

Morgan Desserre had the lone homer in the game.

Manitou off to perfect start in soccer league

Sports
Staff

It's early in the Borderland Soccer League season but it would appear Manitou Forest Products is the team to beat in the men's division.

A 1-0 win over Centra Pipelines (0-2) on Monday night improved their league-best record to 2-0.

Mud Dogs extend winning streak to five

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Mud Dogs pushed their winning streak to five games with an 18-3 rout of the Manitou T-Birdies in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action Monday night.

Shelby Tymkin smacked a homer to pace the offence.

Rachelle Yeo earned the pitching win while Summer Leonard suffered the loss.

Muskie girls battle hard right to end

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They gave a valiant effort all season but it just wasn't to be in the end.

A 2-1 loss to the reigning NorWOSSA champion Dryden Eagles in last Wednesday's league final here put the wraps on the 2018 season for the Muskie girls' soccer team.

Bloodroot

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Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung heritage interpreter Casey Oster showed some bloodroot during a tour of the lands. If the roots of the plant are broken, they bleed out a red-coloured sap. Usually it was used for dyes and paints but also has anti-inflammatory properties. Bloodroot is one of the many plants grown on the grounds with medicinal value.

Prom night

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Nick Wepruk and Danielle Cridland (above), Chace Dustak and Sam Berg (bottom left), and James Gushulak and CC Hayes (bottom right) were among the couples who strolled through the gym, which was decorated with pastel windows, hay bales, “trees,” and candles, and then into the Townshend Theatre on Saturday night as part of the grand march for Fort High's annual prom.

CMHA cyclists

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Arthur Szydlowski and Liv Mickie, two Queen's University students, are cycling to Banff, Alta. to raise awareness about mental health. After thunderstorms threatened the area, they took their rest day early in Fort Frances last week. During their stay, the two stopped in at the local Canadian Mental Health Association office on Wednesday before heading back out on the road.

Connected class

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Stephanie Hagenaars

The Grade 7 class at Fort High took part in a “Connected North" session in late May with a class from Fort Providence, N.W.T. They were joined by Jason Jones, the program's facilitator, and Nyle Johnston, an artist and traditional story-teller from the Chippewas of Nawash Anishinawbe First Nation.

Changing hands

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Stephanie Hagenaars

The North American Lumber store here announced last week it had been sold. The King's Highway business was closed over weekend and then re-opened Monday as McMunn & Yates, a lumber store chain based out of Dauphin, Man. Customers and passers-by could see the sign being replaced with the new name and logo yesterday morning.

Burial mound

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This rolling hill at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre between Barwick and Stratton actually is the largest ancient burial mound in Canada. These lands are one of the most significant centres of early habitation and ceremonial burial in Canada.

'Movie Night'

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of the RRFDC

About 30 people of all ages attended the first “Movie Night" at the Rainy Lake Square here Thursday night, catching Steven Spielberg's classic, "Jaws," on the big screen. The next "Movie Night” won't be held until Aug. 23 but the square will continue to host other events. Local folk singer-songwriter Derek Harrison will perform a free concert tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. (bring a lawn chair).

Dwelling display

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Sam Odrowski

The historical centre features an immersive display of indigenous living and culture with a full-size “Waaginogaan,” the term is used by Anishinaabeg to describe dome-shaped dwellings. These structures vary in size and can keep families warm during the winter.

Round House

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The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung grounds feature a Round House that was created with the guidance of Rainy River First Nation elders and has been designed using traditional architecture. The nine sides of the structure represents clans, families, and community. The Round House is a place where everyone can come to share and learn.

25 taps!

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Sam Odrowski

Copper River Inn owner Bryce Campbell tested out one of the 25 new taps offered at the Copper River Inn's Taphouse and Grill. The new taps offer a wide selection of craft brews, shandies, and exported beers. The recent expansion makes the Copper River Inn's taphouse the largest one between Winnipeg and Sudbury.

Inside ambulance

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Stephanie Hagenaars

A new ambulance was on display at the Fort Frances Ambulance Base during an open house and barbecue held Saturday in conjunction with “Paramedic Services Week.” All visitors to the open house were welcomed to hop inside, take a look around, and ask questions about the equipment.

Walking path

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The several kilometres of trail at the Maintou Mounds are waiting to be explored after they were expanded last summer to stretch them out to “Strawberry Creek.” The trails, which are open year-round, are used for cross-country skiing, dogsledding, and snowshoeing in the winter months.

Duck decoy

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Stephanie Hagenaars

Dr. Jas Spencer showed off one of his handmade duck decoys that he will be giving to Dr. Jack Spielman as a retirement gift. One of his previous creations was donated to Ducks Unlimited for auction, which Dr. Spencer said raised about $500.

View of river

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The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung grounds feature's breathtaking views of the Long Sault Rapids on the north side of the Rainy River. Visitors to the Manitou Mounds have a chance to view many of the incredible landscapes and wildlife surrounding the lands.

Student voting

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Sam Odrowski

Fort High student Julia McManaman signed off on a fellow student's vote and cast his ballot into the voters' box there Friday morning. She helped facilitate her school's “Student Vote” that is a province-wide program run through CIVIX.

Gussy pic (June 6)

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Submitted

Jeff Gustafson with a nice crappie he caught using a slip bobber and a small jig and plastic earlier in the week.

Tai Chi statues

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Submitted

Ellen Anderson and Carole Mackintosh of the Fort Frances Tai Chi Club posed next to a statute of Chen Yangting, regarded by many as the “Father of Tai Chi." The pair visited Thunder Bay on the Victoria Day Monday for their club's induction of three Tai Chi statues into the city's "Tai Chi Park." The statutes were donated by Thunder Bay's "sister city,” Jiaozu, where Tai Chi was founded.

In close

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Jamie Mountain

Taylor Croswell looked to impede the progress of her Dryden Eagles' opponent during the NorWOSSA final here last Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles won the game 2-1 to advance to the all-Ontario's set for tomorrow through Saturday in Windsor.